Innovative Teaching Grants
The Center for Teaching's mandate is to encourage and promote teaching excellence among our faculty. To that end, the Center for Teaching provides competitive grants to faculty members for innovative pedagogical projects. We favor projects that promise a long-term impact on teaching and learning.
Funding Priorities and Practices
Our funding priorities are:
Supporting pedagogical development and teaching innovations.
Developing or significantly enhancing teaching or courses which [a] connect faculty’s research, writing, or creative expression more closely to teaching, or [b] meet pressing curricular needs.
Professional enhancement or programs that contribute to effective teaching.
Significant course development or revision activities other than these listed above.
In general, Center for Teaching funds will not be used for materials or projects which are more appropriately supported by other University budgets (e.g., Research Grants, departmental budgets). In addition, we cannot fund equipment purchases, make any individual awards that exceed $2000, support an individual's progress toward an advanced degree, or provide further support for awardees who do not file final reports.
Examples of proposals that enhance teaching:
- A workshop at Sewanee for faculty working jointly on course development.
- Attendance at an off-campus workshop or conference focused on teaching or acquiring of knowledge and skills related to the participants' teaching assignments.
- A workshop at Sewanee which focuses on a particular method of teaching or the use of a particular technology in teaching.
- Bringing to Sewanee a consultant to work with a group of faculty members on course development or some other aspect of teaching.
- Developing innovative courses using emerging technologies or new pedagogies (active learning, problem-based learning, etc).
- Course development projects for which the goal is to acquire information and materials from sources located away from Sewanee.
Deadlines and Funding Requirements
For work to be carried out during the remainder of the 2017-2018 academic year (i.e., prior to Commencement 2018), applications must be received by Friday, October 13, 2017. For work to be carried out in the summer of 2018 or during the 2018-2019 academic year, applications must be received by Friday, February 23, 2018. Only one application per faculty member per semester.
Unless otherwise specified, all awards must be completed financially by the end of the fiscal year (June 30th). All awards require final reports covering finances and the project itself. To avoid IRS penalties, the University requires receipts for all expenses approved in the award. Although an award's financial accounting must be completed by the aforementioned deadline, the report on the outcome of the project itself is due no later than 30 days after completion of the project. When appropriate, the Center for Teaching encourages that awardees share the results of their project in a departmental or campus forum.